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Item Name: Print
Title: Untitled (A Boy's Dream)
Maker: Doris Wall-Larson
Year: 1980
Country: Canadian
Materials: woodcut on mulberry paper, printed both sides
Measurements: overall: 87.5 cm x 58 cm
ID Number: PC98.8

Extended Label Info: This detailed wood-block print is intricately made, with an image on both sides. The dreaming boy in the image sits in his chair holding a cat. Turning the print over, we can see that he is dreaming of a crowd of animals. Woodcuts are a traditional method of creating multiple prints of an image. Each colour in the image is added to the paper using a printing block or plate of carved wood. This print is on mulberry paper, made from the bark of the mulberry tree, which has long fibers making it lightweight and strong. In this artwork, the thin paper allows the image from one side to show through to the other side, heightening the effect of mirrored realities that are both dreamlike and real. Doris Wall Larson (1939 - ) Currently based in Saskatoon, Doris Wall Larson was born into the Mennonite community of Aberdeen, Saskatchewan. She began her training at the Normal School in Saskatoon, graduating in 1957. In 1959, she moved to the United states to study at the University of Wisconsin, and in 1963, the Art Students' League in New York. In 1969, she moved back to Canada, to study at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax. In 1976-78, she studied printmaking and photography at the University of Saskatchewan. In 1978, Larson was hired as Technical Assistant at the Shoestring Gallery in Saskatoon. She was also part of an early group of artists in Saskatchewan organized around feminist activism. In her studio practice, Larson began as a printmaker and sculptor in wood. Over the years, she developed a wood allergy, and evolved her work into video and multi-media installation. Her artwork has been exhibited provincially and is held in several private and public collections including the Mackenzie Art Gallery and Saskatchewan Arts Board.

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